Big, safe sequels like Uncharted, FIFA and Modern Warfare dominated 2011, but as PS3 and 360 reach maturity, 2012 should be a year of experimentation.
Devs are more comfortable with the hardware and are continually learning new tricks to create exceptional games. Here are the 24 projects, announced or still secret, that define the year. No filler. Just 2012's most exciting or innovative games.
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ASSASSIN'S CREED 3
Format - Multi
Developer Ubisoft Montreal
Release Late 2012
Why is it hot? Rejuvenates AC with a new hero and location
With Ezio's story complete, the end of AC Revelations - which sets up Desmond and (spoiler) Altair's son as the heroes - hints at a shift to Ancient Egypt. However, the first game hinted at Japan, so options are open. Our hope is a multi-city, multi-time story, with Ancient Egypt, Victorian London and Revolutionary Paris.
THE LAST GUARDIAN
TLG focuses on the friendship between a Trico creature and a boy (player). The much-lauded Trico AI is a big part of solving its puzzles, while the beast / boy relationship brings emotional resonance to the story.